scare the bejesus out of (someone)

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scare the bejesus out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. ("Bejesus," a mild euphemistic oath, is here used as an intensifying noun.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the bejesus out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the bejesus out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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There was no sign of the NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome when those big chains came to town, yet a prospective Whole Foods store is scaring the bejesus out of a certain population and retail segment.
The Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana is purportedly inhabited by the "gray lady," who floats around scaring the bejesus out of anyone and everyone.
The press is scaring the bejesus out of people by sending doom-and-gloom stories every day," said Jim Knee, principal of Sterling Financial Services LLC in Concord.
And before you can say The Hitcher, their new road buddy is scaring the bejesus out of them both, culminating in a predictable but very gory showdown.
Not even the one-eyed black cat that is always there scaring the bejesus out of the Long Suffering Marjorie.
I know everyone thinks their family is slightly odd, but sadly mine goes way beyond any reasonable semblance of strangeness into the hazy, freaky, Rosemary's Baby kind of category widely known as Whoa There, You're Scaring the Bejesus Out of Me.
But along the way of scaring the bejesus out of his volunteers by convincing them the spirit of a non-existent woman called Jane had dropped by, he probably induced a few heart attacks in the watching audience.
Boyle (``Trainspotting,'' ``Shallow Grave''), teaming again with screenwriter Alex Garland (``The Beach''), takes the conventions of the genre and twists them to fine effect, crafting a movie that, in the best horror tradition, leaves much to the imagination while scaring the bejesus out of you.
The BBC seem to have taken an unusual Daily Mail stance in their documentaries in recent months, scaring the bejesus out of viewers with doom and gloom docu-dramas which have focused on the cataclysmic effects of a small pox outbreak in America, the dropping of a dirty bomb in London and traffic chaos in the UK a week before Christmas.
Those crazy Japanese came up with a new way of scaring the bejesus out of horror audiences with this atmospheric shocker.
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